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US Fish and Wildlife Plans Last-Ditch Effort to Save Threatened Owl

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GRANTS PASS, Ore.  - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to start dispatching hunters into Northwest forests this fall to start a last-ditch effort to save the threatened northern spotted owl from extinction. 

The agency says the experiment will see if killing more than 3,000 barred owls in four study areas in Oregon, Washington and Northern California will help spotted owls - a threatened species - recover. 

Wildlife Agents say barred owls are a bigger, more aggressive cousin of the spotted owl. They are less picky about food and forests, and they threaten the spotted owl's survival.

Fish and Wildlife says if the project works, a regular program to reduce barred owl populations would be considered.

The agency's final approval is due in a month.